The Feminist 5k is a fun run/walk/roll/renunciation of the patriarchy. The race celebrates social change with a spirit of resisterhood, and the distribution of free bananas. Proceeds benefit the Women's Center of Wake County.
At its best, feminism is about equal dignity and respect - the simple idea that women are people and no person is less than any other. The current wave of progressive activism is a continuation of the fight for equal dignity for all, and an affirmation that if you show up to participate in something larger than yourself, you belong - and that our visibility matters.
If you've ever been to a 5k or any road race, you have seen support and inclusion in action. Even when you are at the back of the pack (speaking from experience here), everyone wants you to succeed, and they cheer you on. If you show up to participate, you belong.
Come run/walk/roll with us.
In its debut last year, over 240 runners and walkers turned out for this event. Kyle Ashe led all finishers with a 19:24 clocking. Colleen McCarthy led the women in 19:45.
The race begins on Chavis Way at Chavis Park (522 Chavis Way for your GPS) and follows the Little Rock Trail Greenway to the Walnut Creek Wetlands Center, and continues in the Walnut Creek Trail to the turnaround. The route is out and back. There is a water stop near the Wetlands Center.
The course is USATF-certified. Click here to download a course map. The event is sanctioned by the USA Track & Field.
Registrants can register either as a competitive or recreational entry. Competitive entrants will be issued a chip, will receive an official time, and be eligible for awards. Recreational entrants will not receive an official time, but they will be able to see their finishing times on a digital clock at the finish line.
The entry fees are the same for each category – $20 up to and including March 1, $25 up to and including May 9th, and $30 thereafter, up to and including race day. The entry fee includes a t-shirt guaranteed to all entered by May 28th After that date, it will be “as available.” Extra shirts can be ordered for $5 if ordered by May 28th.
Those ages 12 and under can enter as a recreational entry for no cost or as a competitive entry for $5. Those fees do not include a t-shirt, but one can order a shirt for $5 before May 24th.
Awards will be presented to the top three male finishers overall, to the top three female finishers overall, and to the top finishers in each of the following age divisions (both sexes): 12-under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70-over.
Late entrants can also register and pre-registered entrants can also pick up their packets on Friday, June 8, between 4-7 pm at the Fleet Feet store in Ridgewood Shopping Center - 3532 Wade Avenue in Raleigh for your GPS.
Late entrants can register and pre-registered entrants can pick up their packets on race day morning at the race site beginning at 7 am